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Fans' Euro 2016 passion captured in Kingston University fashion student's football-themed menswear collection

Posted Thursday 30 June 2016

Fans' Euro 2016 passion captured in Kingston University fashion student's football-themed menswear collection

While sports fans have been descending on France for Euro 2016, a Kingston University designer has been scoring accolades for a football-themed collection inspired by supporters' devotion to their beloved teams. Centred around the theme of obsession, James Geraghty's striking menswear range focuses on the people and passion at the heart of football clubs.

Recalling childhood memories of cheering on Queens Park Rangers FC with his father Keith and brother Robert, the final year BA(Hons) Fashion student's garments bring together the instantly-recognisable emblems of top Premier League sides such as Manchester United FC, Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC, but with a twist - each now features the name of his own, fictional team, Geraghty FC. "The whole collection is about when someone becomes so obsessed with something in their lives that it takes over, it's all they think about," James said. "Football is the perfect thing to represent that. I remember the feeling of going to games as a teenager with my family, and for some people, it's part of their identity, who they are....


Students' union worker who mentored thousands at Kingston University launches fundraising drive to support his cancer battle

Posted Thursday 30 June 2016

Students' union worker who mentored thousands at Kingston University launches fundraising drive to support his cancer battle

A man who has spent the past three years supporting and mentoring students at Kingston University is now seeking their help to raise £200,000 for a new form of treatment in his ongoing battle with cancer.

Mo Haque worked as student development director at the Union of Kingston Students between 2012 and 2015, overseeing the activities of the University's sports societies and volunteering efforts while managing a team that provided advice and support to thousands of students....


EU referendum result – a message from Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg

Posted Friday 24 June 2016

EU referendum result – a message from Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg

Kingston University is proud of its role as a dynamic, cosmopolitan university right on the doorstep of one of the most vibrant capital cities in the globe. Our students and staff come from across Europe and beyond - more than 140 countries in total - and the rich cultural heritage, diverse range of experiences, expertise and talent they bring makes Kingston University the very special seat of learning we are all so proud to be part of.

Britain's vote to leave the European Union is a huge decision. There will inevitably be significant issues for higher education institutions across the country to weigh up as more becomes clear about the implications for the sector during the coming weeks and months....


Civic reception shines spotlight on Kingston University's contribution to the local community and showcases array of art and design talent

Posted Wednesday 22 June 2016

Civic reception shines spotlight on Kingston University's contribution to the local community and showcases array of art and design talent

Leading businesspeople, borough councillors and influential members of the local community have had a chance to explore the work of future stars in the worlds of art, design and architecture at Kingston University's annual civic reception. Held at the University's Knights Park campus, the event offered an opportunity for guests to soak up the atmosphere and admire exhibits from the Faculty's undergraduate degree show, while finding out more about the inspiration behind the work from the student designers themselves.Deputy Mayor of Kingston Councillor Rowena Bass was full of praise for the ideas and ingenuity she had observed during what was her first visit to the University's Knights Park campus. "I was mesmerised by the range and high quality of work on display and was impressed that the campus is clearly a real hub of creativity," she said. "The civic reception was an inspiring event and a wonderful way to bring together people from right across the borough so they could see what a dynamic role the University plays."Associate Dean of Research Professor Louis Nixon said having the opportunity to unveil their work to so many influential borough figures was particularly exciting for the Faculty's graduating students. "The undergraduate degree show is the culmination of hours spent thinking, making and manifesting thoughts and ideas into actual things – products, furniture, paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, films, clothing, books and buildings to name but a few of the creations given life at this campus," he added.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg thanked the assembled guests for their ongoing support for the University and stressed the positive impact it had, both in Kingston upon Thames and the country as a whole. "Analysis has shown the University contributes more than £200 million a year to the local economy and about £1 billion to the wider economy," he said. "Between 3,500 and 4,000 jobs in the area also exist as a direct result of having a university here."The University was enormously proud of being home to one of the foremost art schools in the country and its expertise in other subjects, ranging from aeronautical engineering and business management to fashion and healthcare, Professor Weinberg added. "We hope that Kingston is proud of having a university. We are certainly proud of being located at the heart of Kingston upon Thames," he said....


Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings to share vision on future of healthcare services with students as visiting professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Friday 17 June 2016

Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings to share vision on future of healthcare services with students as visiting professor at Kingston University and St George's, University of London

England's Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jane Cummings will share her vision for the future of patient care with staff and students at Kingston University and St George's, University of London after becoming a visiting professor at the two institutions' Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

Professor Cummings is the professional lead for thousands of nurses, midwives and care assistants across England and recently launched the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value' framework. Her new appointment in the Faculty, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, will see her deliver seminars and share her extensive expertise of the healthcare sector. She will also maintain her leadership role within NHS England and continue as the Government's principal adviser on nursing and midwifery....


Rose Theatre plays host to wealth of talent from Kingston University's performing arts students at annual end of year festival

Posted Thursday 16 June 2016

Rose Theatre plays host to wealth of talent from Kingston University's performing arts students at annual end of year festival

Dance, drama and music students from Kingston University wowed audiences when they took centre stage at Kingston's Rose Theatre to showcase their talents in performances ranging from flamenco dancing and Indonesian gamelan to cabaret and physical theatre. Kingston Onstage was a day filled with innovation and creativity, including musical performances from singer-songwriters as well as appearances from swing dancers, comedy actors and musical theatre.

The one-day annual festival  gave the local community and industry experts an opportunity to get a flavour of the array of dance, drama and music Kingston University students have been developing throughout the year. Luis Echeverria, who is studying a Masters in Production of Popular Music, was one of the students to step into the spotlight. He performed three sets featuring covers of rock, folk, rhythm and blues and funk. "The reception we received from the audience was very warm and encouraging," he said...


Kingston University designer Caoimhe Savage earns industry acclaim and carries off Graduate Fashion Week menswear award for military-inspired collection

Posted Friday 10 June 2016

Kingston University designer Caoimhe Savage earns industry acclaim and carries off Graduate Fashion Week menswear award for military-inspired collection

A Kingston University designer whose colourful military-inspired collection puts a modern spin on the traditional soldier's uniform has carried off the prestigious menswear prize at Graduate Fashion Week.

Caoimhe Savage was presented with the coveted award, which comes with a £5,000 cash prize, during a star-studded gala event which marked the end of the annual industry showpiece in East London. The judging panel was impressed by her vibrant oversized garments, which blended elements of Japanese Second World War uniforms with those worn by German and British soldiers....


Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

Posted Wednesday 8 June 2016

Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

A visually impaired young designer from Kingston University has been shortlisted for a coveted award after impressing industry experts with her womenswear collection during Graduate Fashion Week. Bianca Von Stempel, whose garments are inspired by the way she sees the world, was one of 22 final year BA(Hons) Fashion students who unveiled their looks on the runway at the Old Truman Brewery in east London as part of Kingston University's show.

The 23 year old, who is registered blind and has no central vision, uses her heightened sense of touch to decide how pieces of fabric should be put together. Her feminine, asymmetrical designs are made from sheer and mottled fabrics such as organza, lace and silk chiffon, which are layered to create a blurred effect that represents how she sees the world around her....

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